Want to support your heart? Healthy diet and exercise are key, but there are some heart health supplements that might beneficial as well.
Heart disease remains the number one killer of Americans, followed closely by cancer. Today, we know more than ever before about what causes heart disease and how best to prevent it. What we have found is that lifestyle factors can play a significant role in the development of heart disease, or a significant role in its prevention.
The Role Of Diet and Exercise
Diet and exercise––like in most other facets of health––are key for preventing heart disease. Some experts disagree about which particular diet is best for the prevention of heart disease, but it is generally agreed upon that a diet rich in whole foods (including vegetables), healthy fats, lots of fiber, ample protein and healthy fats (like omega 3 fatty acids) is the best diet to promote heart health. Conversely, sugar, starches and unhealthy fats should largely be eliminated. Foods like saturated fats and sodium should be kept in moderation.
Largely, the Kaufmann Diet fits within the framework of what constitutes a heart-healthy diet. For those concerned about saturated fat, err towards leaner cuts of meat and plenty of fish like salmon. Largely, however, The Kaufmann Diet is a solid step forward for those wanting to promote their heart health.
Exercise, too, is a critical part of The Kaufmann Lifestyle. Cardio exercise, such as running, biking, swimming or aerobics is an obvious choice to strengthen the heart, but resistance training can be a valuable tool for losing excess weight––a risk factor for heart problems. High intensity interval training or HIIT is another tool that trains muscles and the heart at once.
What Else Can You Do?
While diet and exercise are the foundations upon which you should build your heart health-promoting plan, certain supplements have shown some evidence for being beneficial towards this end, as well. (Remember, you should always consult your physician before beginning any sort of dietary, exercise or supplement regimen changes, as these can interfere with existing medicine regimens or irritate existing health problems.)
Fish oil is rich in omega 3 fatty acids that are known to promote healthy cholesterol levels in the blood. Fish oil has a number of benefits and is likely something we should all be taking every day. 1-3 grams per day is thought to be effective.
Also known as ubiquinone, CoQ10 has been shown in some studies to be as beneficial for heart health as certain drugs in patients with congestive heart failure. It has virtually no side effects, but it’s benefits render it something anyone interested in promoting their heart health should likely be taking. It is thought 100-150mg per day is necessary to glean its benefits.
Hawthorne berry can aid in a number of tasks that promote heart health. It has been shown to dilate peripheral arteries, slightly dilate heart blood vessels (increasing oxygen to the heart), increase the heart’s oxygen utilization, and increase enzyme metabolism in the heart tissues.
Magnesium is an important nutrient many people do not get enough of in their diet. Magnesium can promote healthy blood pressure levels and aid in relaxation. Large doses can cause diarrhea, so start slow, and use as directed on the label. Consult your doctor before using magnesium, particularly if you have kidney problems.